SSgt Wuterich to be first
Haditha Marine on trial

NOTE: The trial date was later changed. SSgt Wuterich may now be the last Haditha Marine to go trial.

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January 9, 2008

The court martial for SSgt Frank Wuterich, USMC, has been scheduled for March 3-14, Defend Our Marines has learned.

The court martial for a second enlisted man, LCpl Stephen Tatum, is scheduled to commence March 28. The battalion commander, LtCol Jeffrey Chessani, will go on trial on April 28. A fourth court martial, for Lt Andrew Grayson, has not yet been scheduled.

Before SSgt Wuterich’s trial commences, there will be two sessions for arguments on motions on February 13-15, 2008, and then on February 20-22, 2008.

Attorney Mark Zaid says, “We expect a very lively pre-trial environment as several very important issues will be raised that could dramatically impact the charges that go forward.”